If you are like most people struggling with weight, you have probably tried many diets, many supplements and a whole lot of gimmicks. You have probably found, like everyone, that it's a lot easier to buy a promise of weight loss than to achieve it as a reality. You have probably felt a failure many times over and you have likely spent more money than you care to admit. It is perhaps cold consolation that you are not alone. The truth, of course, is that there are no weight loss miracles. If any of the thousands of diets, supplements and books that flood the market ever really worked, you would already know it, already be thin and certainly not wasting your time reading this. I have no miracles to promise, but I do offer hope along with the most modern medical therapy available. Medical science has made and continues to make real progress in the treatment of obesity. Long-term weight loss is truly possible, but, with or without medical help, it still requires long-term changes in your life. Most of my patients start out believing that they are incapable of real and lasting change; they cite as evidence for this their own past weight loss "failures". Men and women who have achieved incredible success in other areas of life believe that with weight they are abject failures. Not only is this tragic, it is self-fulfilling. Who among us is going to work to achieve a goal we believe unreachable?
Dr. Mark Holland I, MD is a bariatric medicine doctor who practices in Albuquerque, NM. He is 54 years old and has been practicing for 28 years.